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About catholicsensibility

Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.

Praying From A Psalter

With desire and longing on my mind in my own spiritual journey, I turn to the psalms these days, especially psalms of longing. Psalm 62 I chose for a staff meeting this morning, which included: Wait, my soul, silent for … Continue reading

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DPPL 60: Liturgy and Popular Piety in the Church’s Magisterium

In sections 60 through 75, we will review what popes and bishops have said and taught on this topic since Vatican II. This outline may be helpful: The Values in Popular Piety (61-64) Deviations in Popular Piety (65-66) The Subject … Continue reading

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Aiming For Discipline, Not Doctrine

John Allen at Crux continues his pre-synod features on the family and related issues. I see the stories and mostly opinion pieces on that new site, including today’s projected compromise. Tackling the unforgiveable sin, remarriage after a divorce, this will … Continue reading

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DPPL 59: Importance of Formation

Concluding the “historical perspective” examined in DPPL 22-59, we read the catechesis and education is our go-to on the point of liturgy-piety imbalance: 59. In the light of the foregoing, it would seem that the formation of both clergy and … Continue reading

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Mass Mob

The Mass Mob movement seems to be spreading. Buffalo was where I noticed it first reported in the news. Philadelphia has a web site too. NCRep picked up the story in Detroit. If the movement is developing beyond expectations, I … Continue reading

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Can We Trust Natural Law?

FrMichael and Crystal have been going at it in the thread connected to “Another Fired Employee.” I don’t have a background in philosophy as such, so I don’t feel as qualified to talk about natural law and how it could … Continue reading

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DPPL 58: Two Expressions

As we near the end of the DPPL’s account of Vatican II, an endorsement of the both/and approach: 58. The Liturgy and popular piety, while not conterminous, remain two legitimate expressions of Christian worship. While not opposed to each other, … Continue reading

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